Working dogs captured

23:40, Mar 26 2014
Southland Times photo
American photographer Andrew Fladeboe who is photographing working dogs in New Zealand.

Fulbright grant recipient Andrew Fladeboe is in Southland photographing working dogs for the second part of his series The Shepherd's Realm.

Californian-born Fladeboe, 29, grew up in Japan, Russia and Austria before gaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2006.

His interest in photographing animals has taken him all over the world to places including the Netherlands, Scotland, southern France and recently to Norway where he shot his first series of working dogs.

Fladeboe said he came to New Zealand to see a different range of working dogs.

"New Zealand probably wouldn't be what it is without dogs, " he said.

So far he has photographed farm dogs, Land Search and Rescue dogs, guide dogs and rodeo dogs.

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His favourite breed here so far is the huntaway, a breed specific to this country, whose main task is sheep herding.

New Zealand's landscapes also drew him here.

Previously, Fladeboe had manipulated the backgrounds of his photos for dramatic affect.

"I think of my work more as art than photos, " he said.

However, in New Zealand he could use the natural landscapes of the countryside.

"I wanted to go some place where I could show the dogs in the landscapes and not have to manipulate them."

While in New Zealand Fladeboe is working towards gaining honours at the University of Canterbury.

Fladeboe's work is represented by Peter Hay Halpert in New York City.

In 2015, he would be showing his New Zealand series there and hoped to come back to show them in New Zealand also, he said.

The Fulbright US Scholar Awards are awarded to American academics, artists or professionals to lecture and / or conduct research at New Zealand institutions.

Fladeboe will be in New Zealand photographing working dogs until December at the earliest.

"I sort of see this as lasting, my life's work, " Fladeboe said.

 

The Southland Times